Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers:Live at Ronnie Scott’s Club, London 1985

COMPOSERS: Blanchard,Cole Porter,Toussaint
LABELS: BBC Jazz Legends
PERFORMER: Art Blakey (d), Terence Blanchard (t, flg), Lonnie Plaxico (b), Mulgrew Miller (p), Jean Toussaint (ts), Donald Harrison (as, ss)
CATALOGUE NO: BBCJ 7003-2

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There are only five performances on the Art Blakey album, plus a Blakey interview about the Jazz Messengers’ formation and history, which suggests that one or two of the tracks might be a little on the long side.

However, the rhythm section is excellent, and there are some fine solos from Terence Blanchard and Jean Toussaint, both of whom contribute some good compositions.

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Mulgrew Miller’s trio feature, ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’, is a concise and superb high spot and Cole Porter’s ‘I Love You’ is a longer tour de force. Alyn Shipton’s notes grace all three albums.